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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAdoptions from China, the No. 1 source country since 2000, fell to 5,453. That’s down by 1,040 from last year and well off the peak of 7,906 in 2005. Two main factors lie behind this: an increase in domestic adoptions as China prospers, and tighter restrictions on foreign adoptions that give priority to stable married couples between 30 and 50 and exclude single people, the obese and others with financial or health problems. One consequence, adoption agencies say, is that the waiting time to complete an adoption from China has more than doubled, to 24 months or more. Adoptions from Russia also dropped sharply over the past year – from 3,706 to 2,310. Russian authorities suspended the operations of all foreign adoption agencies for several months earlier this year and have been reaccrediting them only gradually. Like China, Russia has been trying to boost the number of domestic adoptions. U.S. adoptions from South Korea and Haiti also declined significantly, although the overall drop was partially offset by large increases in adoptions from Guatemala (up from 4,135 to 4,728), Ethiopia (732 to 1,255) and Vietnam (163 to 626). Tom DeFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, said adoptions from Guatemala could decline over the coming year as its government – under intense international pressure – tries to impose tough new regulations on an adoption industry that was widely viewed as susceptible to fraud and extortion. The State Department has advised Americans not to initiate adoption applications for Guatemala while that overhaul is under way. The proposed reforms are required under an international adoption treaty, the Hague Convention, which both Guatemala and the United States have agreed to adhere to starting next year. Overall, DeFilipo – whose council represents many international adoption agencies – found reason for optimism in the new statistics. “What you’re seeing is fewer countries sending very large numbers of children and a broader range of countries participating,” he said. “Over the long term, I think this is a healthy trend.” He mentioned Kenya, Peru and Brazil as countries not now among the major sources of children, but which might increase international adoptions in coming years. Michele Bond, deputy assistant secretary of state for overseas citizen services, also viewed the new figures positively. “Interest in intercountry adoption remains very strong,” she said in a telephone interview. “People are increasingly well-informed. They’re more likely to look at new countries instead of always looking at the same small number of countries.” By contrast, another adoption expert, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet, depicted the new numbers as “totally depressing.” She said China and Russia reflected a trend in which countries opened themselves up to international adoption, then scaled back. She attributed this in part to UNICEF and other international organizations encouraging countries to care for children within their homelands, even when domestic programs such as foster care might be inadequate. “UNICEF is a major force,” Bartholet said. “They’ve played a major role in jumping on any country sending large number of kids abroad, identifying it as a problem rather than a good thing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has dropped for the third year in a row, a consequence of tougher policies in the two countries – China and Russia – that over the past decade have supplied the most children to U.S. families. Figures for the 2007 fiscal year, provided by the State Department on Friday, showed that adoptions from abroad have fallen to 19,411, down about 15percent in just the past two years. It’s a dramatic change. The number of foreign adoptions had more than tripled since the early 1990s, reaching a peak of 22,884 in 2004 before dipping slightly in 2005, then falling to 20,679 in 2006. “A drop in international adoptions is sad for children,” said Thomas Atwood, president of the National Council for Adoption. “National boundaries and national pride shouldn’t get in the way of children having families.” read more
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a task force consisting of a group of international mobile operators announced it will submit its plans for an embedded SIM solution to telecommunication standards body ETSI for consideration by month-end. The standard would allow for an embedded (as opposed to removable) SIM technology that could be remotely activated by operators at point of sale and afterwards.The embedded SIM technology is not meant to replace the removable SIM cards such as those used in today’s mobile phones, but it could be used in various consumer electronics devices to connect them to the Internet. It’s the first step to building an “Internet of Things.”The technology standard for embedded SIMs is based on a set of requirements that would allow mobile operators to manage credentials on the card and update provisioning profiles securely in order to move the device from working with one mobile operator to another during the device’s lifetime. All the communication and various changes made by the operators would be done remotely – that is, over the air.The embedded SIM won’t replace traditional SIMs in phones, the group says, but will work in alongside them. However, its creation will impact the area of development of the so-called Internet of Things.According to the GSMA:“In addition to driving momentum for a range of new and exciting connected devices, the embedded SIM will also encourage the development of new machine-to-machine (M2M) services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband connectivity to non-traditional devices such as cameras, music players, e-readers, in-car systems, health monitors and smart meters.”The GSMA task force, which included leading mobile operators from around the world, had formed recently to determine the market requirements for such a technology. The results of that analysis is being sent to ETSI by the end of February.Devices using the new technology are expected to appear in 2012. sarah perez Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#NYT What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement read more